I’ve been meditating for several years, and I’ve dedicated the last two years to really focusing on deepening my practice. Recently, I feel like I’ve hit a plateau. I sit every day, but I often have a difficult time “dropping in”. Meaning, quieting my mind in order to find stillness within, which leads to overall calm and focus.
Professionally, I feel that learning more about mindfulness can be a great asset to help my clients on their journeys toward total wellness. Personally, the past few months have been more emotionally challenging than usual, and I figured I could use some help navigating this additional stress. Maybe you can relate?
1. “Be Present”: Bare Awareness, (aka. being present), is observing what is actually here, NOW, without any expectation or judgment. This can allow us to see the beauty in the little things in life, because we’re not attached to any specific outcome, simply appreciating what’s in front of us.
3. “We Experience Our Emotions. We Do Not Embody Our Emotions”: When working with unpleasant emotions, it is helpful to recognize and label the emotion (i.e. “anxiety”, “anger”, “fear”). This helps to create space between you and the emotion that is passing through you. Reminding ourselves that we are not our emotions, but are rather experiencing an emotion which will eventually pass, can help to keep us grounded. (Instead of “I am anxious”, think “Anxiety is arising within me.”)
5. “Practicing Gratitude, Leads to Joy”: When we’re suffering, either mentally or physically, try to be present and mindful of the cessation of the pain. Often times, we get so wrapped up in the pain, we forget to appreciate the joy of the pain subsiding. This appreciation is important, because that is what leads us to gratitude and happiness.
Mindfulness has given me the tools to create space between my emotions and my overall being. It’s given me peace of mind, allowed for more compassion in my relationships and interactions, and gratitude for the abundance of love surrounding me. Mindfulness is definitely a practice, and the more energy I put into it, the more freedom I create within myself.
By Allison Wells